Growing recruitment careers in APAC

Rebecca Harper Resource Solutions RPO

Rebecca Harper joined Resource Solutions in 2014 as a Senior Recruitment Consultant in our Internal Recruitment team in London. Earlier this year, Rebecca moved to Hong Kong to lead hiring into our client sites and offices in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Rebecca tells us why now is a great time for ambitious professionals to consider a move to Asia.  

What attracted you to Resource Solutions initially?

I was actively looking for in-house or on-site recruitment opportunities in the London market having returned from a two-year stint in Hong Kong working agency-side. In my research for a new role I read about Resource Solutions and their growth plans and I was interested to find out about the expansion.

After my initial meeting, it was clear this was somewhere to establish a long-term career. Everyone I met was so enthusiastic and inspiring – it was this infectious passion and the opportunities for career development that enticed me to join Resource Solutions.

The industry here also moves at an incredibly fast pace; when we win new business we need to be prepared and ready to spring in to action immediately! 

What kind of skills are you looking for when trying to fill on-site recruitment roles?

We look for individuals who share the Resource Solutions values, demonstrating they are a team player, dedicated to delivering quality work that they are proud of. On paper, the Internal Recruitment team look for candidates with a solid background in agency, on-site or internal recruitment.

Resource Solutions is a people business so it’s important that those joining us have strong relationship management and engagement skills with clients, candidates and peers. A strong work ethic is also essential, and a desire to contribute to make an impact.  

What are some differences between the industry in APAC vs the UK?

Asia-Pacific is such a huge market! Each country has a completely unique culture and ways of working. At times, it feels like the region is even more relationship-focused than the UK, particularly in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Meeting candidates face-to-face and developing a rapport is crucial to being successful here, but it can be challenging sourcing talent across 14 countries!

Recruitment outsourcing is less established in APAC so there is a bit more for the Internal Recruitment team to do from an education perspective, particularly when talking to prospective candidates. The industry here also moves at an incredibly fast pace; when we win new business we need to be prepared and ready to spring in to action immediately! 

Describe the culture in our APAC offices? And on our client sites?

We have such a diverse client portfolio in APAC, including pharmaceuticals, life sciences, technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking and financial services. Every client has a unique culture and the geography also plays a major role in the working environment.

From a Head Office perspective, the Central Management Team are in the same office as our Robert Walters colleagues. It’s always a vibrant and buzzy environment to be immersed in.

What sets Resource Solutions apart from its competitors?

Our people! At the heart of our ethos, we want to provide the very best service to our clients and candidates. Everyone is driven by the same goal, and the devotion of our people to achieve this is clear.

We also have a wonderful infrastructure globally, with teams dedicated to driving the business forward and never resting on our laurels - teams like Innovation, People, Marketing and Strategic Sourcing to name just a few.

Why should a recruitment professional make the move to Asia?

APAC is an exciting and fast-paced market that’s constantly evolving. There’s so much room for growth and development, it’s a great place to make an impact and develop your career quickly. Furthermore, life in Asia is always an adventure; choosing to work and live here is an opportunity to truly experience, and be part of different cultures.

 

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